Littleton NH River District

The River District

The River District Commission is a master-planned community group of state and town officials and local residents dedicated to revitalizing the Ammonoosuc River district in Littleton, New Hampshire.

The mighty Ammonoosuc River is a viable locale poised to enhance Littleton's award-winning Main Street. Rooted in a landscape that put this small town on the map, the riverfront is the logical next step for economic redevelopment due to its scenic splendor and proximity to Main Street shopping.

History of The River District Commission

In September, 2012, the Town of Littleton and Plan New Hampshire sponsored a Saranac Street Design Charrette. Professional designers and many residents attended the two-day session to brainstorm ideas on how to reinvigorate one of Littleton's most historic commercial and residential areas. From these discussions, the River District Commission was formed, and plans and projects are now underway.

Why Revitalize the River District?

Goals:

Major Milestones

In 2014, $250,000 was raised in private donations to fund the first round of improvements to the River District thanks to the generosity of our local businesses. This included arches to the Main Street entrances to the district (Mill Street and the Pollyanna Gateway) as well as complete reconstruction of the sidewalk and fencing along the Mill Street Parking area, clearing of brush to open the river up, and a cobblestone viewing platform overlooking the Ammonoosuc River.

Following a narrow defeat at the 2015 Town Meeting, the Commission came back to the voters in 2016 with a comprehensive plan to continue upgrading the River District, which easily won. This allotted $900,000 to be used as matching funds for outside grants. Numerous grants were applied for and received, including $500,000 in State of NH CDBG fundsand$1,000,000 from the federal EDA to upgrade infrastructure improvements along Saranac, Ammonoosuc, & Mill Streets, as well as $400,000 of CDFA tax credits and $250,000 from Northern Border Regional Commission to complete the multi-modal bridge on Bridge Street. Also part of the funding achieved in 2016 was $800,000 from a Federal TAP grant for the Littleton Sidewalk connectivity Project which funds sidewalk reconstruction on eight different downtown streets including the long-awaited Cottage Street improvement. This adds to funding for the already approved Safe Routes to School project which brings much needed renovations to the pleasant street and union street sidewalks as well as entrances to Lakeway Elementary School.

What's next for the River District?

As of Summer 2017, there are many projects currently under development within the realm of the River District.

The last phase of major construction for the River District is the connectivity of the multi modal bridge on Bridge Street, to the reconfiguration of the east entrance of Saranac Street, and Phase 2 Reconstruction of Main Street. Although past grant applications have not been awarded, the commission is persistent in applying for funding to complete this last phase of construction.

How You Can Help

Get involved, ask questions! Contact John Hennessey, Commission Chair: (603)444-3504 or jhennessey@littletoncoin.com;
David Ernsberger, Marketing, Special Projects, and Funding Chair: dave@epartnerships.net or (210)387-4627.

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